Sometimes Simpler is Better
Michigan's Mlive.com talks about one anglers "Skirmish with technology." The war started years ago when they made the switch from a manual reel to a new fangled automatic. Some things are better left alone.
It was probably a simple arrangement for technology-compatible fishermen. It was a disaster for a no-tech guy like me. I was always hitting the lever by mistake, sending the line zipping back right in the middle of a cast, or failing to stop the rewind quick enough to keep the fly from getting stuck on the end of the rod. After a few tries, I gave up in disgust, tossed the automatic reel on the bank, reinstalled the no-tech one and resumed fishing and enjoying.